"'You are cordially invited to the wedding of Jeremiah Kelly and Lisa Sheryl's wedding.'" I read out the invitation, "Wow he's really getting married?" I asked my brother who handed me the invitation. I folded the card and placed it back into its ivory envelope, my brother just nodded.

"It was about time too! How long were they going out for again?"

Mentally counting I said, "I think it was 13 years." My brother just shook his head.

"Who are you brining?" I shrug- brushing off the inevitable question.

"I don't know. Probably no one." My brother just frowned and moved next to me.

"How about Stacy?"

"Uh who's that?"

"Your sectary?"

"Nop, no office relationships while I'm working."

"So I'll just fire her and you can go out with her." My absolutely well intentioned but delusional brother said.

"You are not going to fire anyone. And I am going to that wedding alone end of. Now get out of my office I've got work to do and so do you. And thanks again for giving me my invite." I push my brother out and shut the door firmly behind him. Good heavens! A wedding – again? Is God trying to torment me? I mean in all fairness I'm happy for the newly weds or soon to be anyway but another wedding, sitting there smiling until my face feels like it's going to fall off, wishing well meant congratulations and feeling completely utterly empty and hollow. And then when I get home I'll just drop into a pit of self-pitying and if I'm lucky get some sleep before dawn breaks. I slouch over to my CD player that I have in my office but hardly ever use and turned it on regardless of what ever was in it and started to play the first song, lo and behold the first song in the play list – love stinks. Oh my friend I know how you were feeling when you wrote this. I decide to have the day off that day, so I walk out of my office and tell my sectary.

"I'm going to have the rest of the day off, can you please take any memos for me until two? You can go home early."

"Sure." I head back into my office and gathered up my coat, switched off the CD player but decided to take the CD with me. Hmm, it was the sound track to Mr. And Mrs. Smith. I wonder when I bought that… I walk out and shut the door behind me, was about to walk to the elevator when I remembered something, I stoped in my tracked and turned around to tell my sectary.

"Also, could you tell my brother I am going to be out for the whole day? That he is under no circumstances to call me or disturb me, unless it was an emergency and that he is not to fire anyone – you included," she gave me a shocked look and I hastily added in before she could go into hysterics "not that I'm going to fire you, you are doing a marvellous job – really, it's just my crazy brother. And also back to my message he is not to find me a date for the wedding. That's all." I smiled at her and added in "and don't worry about leaving work early if it gets slow you can leave, I'll still pay you full time."

"T-thank you Mr. Gray. That's really nice of you."

"Well we all need some time off now and then don't we. Have a good day Stacy." Yes! I remembered her name!

"You too!" I turn back and the elevator was already there. When I left the building I was in a relatively good mood, outside on the pavement I suddenly thought of Evangeline. I checked my watch, it was only eleven I was going to see her later at three and hopefully she's in a better mood today and hopefully she'll see me and hopefully she was working today… my mind swarm with all the possibilities of her not wanting to see me but I fought down the wave of unease and forced myself not to think too much into it. I tossed in my coat and brief case into the back seat of my car slammed the door shut and got into the front driver seat, might as well head home for now and see what I could do. To pass some time until three.

The afternoon traffic wasn't so bad, it was the morning traffic that got me, and the evening traffic wasn't too bad for me either because I get off work usually at around eight even though I was supposed to be off work by five. I got home in twenty minutes and by the time it was 11.45 I was sitting at home with my shoes and socks off, my tie somewhere in the kitchen, my jacket flung on the couch next to me, the two top buttons on my shit was undone and I was slouching on my couch with both feet up on the coffee table. If my mum were here she'd be screaming at me to get cleaned up and take my feet off the coffee table. I faintly smile at the predictable reaction I was sure to get from my mother.

"Well you're not here are you mum?" I said into thin air. After awhile I got bored of just staring into thin air so I got off my lazy butt went into the kitchen and made myself some instant coffee. I took a few sips and left the hot mug of coffee on the counter before deciding to take a shower. After the shower I felt much more awake than the cup of coffee would, I put on a t-shirt and a pair of soft khaki pants before going back into the kitchen where my coffee was already cold. I looked at it and decided to keep it in the fridge for later… now what can I do..? I scratch my still damp hair and thought hard, I could always finish up the work… nah I don't really want to be working, I took a day off it supposed to be for me to relax…yes of course the weekend paper! I never get the chance to read it! I picked up the paper and flicked through it, nothing catching my attention so…I was left with nothing to do in twenty minutes. I looked at the clock 12.35… That'd be lunchtime if I wasn't mistaken, I could go now and I'd be able to talk to her while she had a break… I jumped off the couch – a man with a purpose. I got changed into something more presentable but kept my long khaki pants. I drove downtown and headed straight towards the school where she was working. Once again I drove into the impressive drive way and stopped at the main office and unlike the last time there were actual students milling around. When I got out I got more than a few looks and whispers my way… sorry girls I'm too old for you… I cringe at that thought. So I just rush into the office, thankfully there was no one in the office. I walk up to the receptionist and said politely.

"Hello, I'm looking for a Miss Annde? Is she around?"

"And you are looking for her because?" the receptionist gave me an odd look.

"Um, uh I just needed to speak to her for a moment."

"And you are?" she started to pick up the phone.

"Oscar Gray." She gave me another look.

"Ok… hold on… hello, hi Eva there is someone looking for you?" I knew that tone it was asking Evangeline if she knew anything about meeting someone. "Oh ok I see, Oscar Gray… ok yes I'll pass it on. OK, bye." she turned back to me, "I'm sorry but she is busy at the moment is it very urgent? If it was she told me to take a message." I was about to say no but instead and I have no idea why I did that but I did and so I said.

"Actually it's very important that I speak to her now, I have to sort somethings out with her now before I return to the office." I was firm but polite just as my parents had taught me and the receptionist reached for the phone once more.

"I'll try and see what I can do for you."

"Thank you."

"Hello, Mr. Gray says that he has to talk to you now, very urgently. Yes, ok.." She looked up at me and asked me "would it take very long?" I shake my head "he says it wouldn't take a long time. Ok yes I'll tell him that. Bye." she puts the phone down and told me, "She's coming down now, just take a seat she'll be down soon." I did as I was told and after a minute or so she came out from the staff room, looking really busy. Instantly I stood up.

"Hi, hello." I blurted out.

"Hey." She said coolly "so uh you wanted to talk to me?" I looked around.

"Yeah but I was wondering if we could do it in private?" she looked puzzled but let me in the staff office anyway; there wasn't anyone in there so I felt safe enough to talk to her.

"I was wondering if you'd like to go out later with me for tea or something…" and she started to laugh! After she stoped laughing so much with only a few out bursts now and then she answered me.

"You said that it was urgent!" more laughing, oh good lord her laughter was so beautiful like a creek gurgling over stones.

"Well yeah it sort of was urgent, I had to see you again." I could see her cheek become inflamed, I started to scratch the back of my neck it was a bad habit from childhood that I've never been able to shake off. I always scratched the back of my neck when I get uncomfortable or nervous; right now I was both.

"So… would you like to go out with me?"

"Let me ask you something Oscar, how many rich, famous, corporate lawyers do you know would stop working and visit a school to ask a teacher who is working for less than half of what he gets and asks her out?"

"Um one? – Me." she broke out laughing again this time she laughed so hard she started to tear up; she was doubled over laughing and wiping her tears away with the sleeve of her blouse, when she stopped laughing she said.

"I'll go with you Oscar, but where are we going? Dinner or Tea?"

"Up to you."

"I don't really care Oscar, if it was up to me I could be eating in a deli for breakfast and still not give a damn. I'm afraid it's up to you."

"Well, how about dinner? I'll pick you up at seven tonight."

"Sure, but where are we eating?"

"Some where I know, the food is great and so is the view. Where do I pick you up from?"

"You can come and pick me up from my apartment." She gave me her address and said, "Any chance you'll tell me where we're going?" I shook my head, now that I really thought about it I want it to be a surprise.

"Sorry, you'll find out tonight." She smiled again, her smile reaching into her eyes making them look as if they were laughing, "Oh and formal dress, sorry if that's not what you're used to but I promise to make it up to you later."

"I don't mind, in fact I like dressing up – its fun. I never get to dress up, all I really ever wear are just pants and a blouse."

"Great! Well then I'll see you tonight then." I smiled and she smiled back, a look of doubt crossed her face for a moment it was only less than a split second but I saw it and my heart sank. Plop! There it goes… but she does something even more surprising. She leaned up and kissed me! Granted it was a very quick peck but she still did it! I just stood in shock for a while and her face turned red.

"I'm sorry, I shouldn't have done that…" she mumbled looking down at her shoes.

"From the look of your face I thought you were going to cancel, that was a lot better than what I had envisioned." I grinned suddenly relieved; she let out a deep breath.

"So, you forgive me?" she looked shyly up at me twisting her fingers anxiously.

"Of course I forgive you! You didn't even do anything wrong! Well I'll see you tonight ok?" I asked softly looking down into her beautiful emerald eyes.

"Yeah, sure. I'll see you later." A little smile tugged at the corner of her mouth and she waved we off. I walked out of the staff room with a ridiculous look plastered onto my face, I quickly wiped off that look when I saw the receptionist giving me an 'I'm watching you' looking. I thanked the receptionist politely and got out of the main office as quickly as I could without looking suspicious. I was so happy on the drive home I didn't even think about driving all I thought about all I could think about was Evangeline. My brain just auto-piloted myself back home. Red light, stop. Green go. Turn right. Turn left. Take the second turn off at the round about. Reverse, adjust. Reverse some more. Stop. Pull handbrakes. Turn off engine. Get out. Lock car. Go up into apartment. All through that all I thought about was Evangeline, I didn't even hear the doorman greet me. I was too happy.


A/N: yes I know this is very short please forgive me . I will promise to update more often to make up for the short chapters! Thank you to my 2 reviewers!